Pak-Afghan border issue: There’s huge ‘positivity’ within Taliban: NSA
Pak-Afghan border issue: There’s huge ‘positivity’ within Taliban: NSA

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Dr Moeed Yusuf, Thursday, rejected the perception that Afghan Taliban are not recognising the Pakistan-Afghanistan international border, saying “there is tremendous positivity at the policy level” within the Taliban.

The NSA stated this, while answering queries of the members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, after giving a comprehensive briefing on the recently-launched National Security Policy document.

“The issue with regard to the fencing is only at the local level, while there is a tremendous positivity at the policy level,” Yusuf stated, in response to a question by committee chairman Malik Mohammad Ehsanullah Tiwana, who while chairing the session, referred to recent incidents in which some Taliban soldiers were seen dismantling the border-fence after indulging in a war of words with Pakistani security forces in a clear provocation that “Afghanistan will never recognize” the approximately 2,670-kilometre long international border between the two countries also known as Durand Line.

The committee chairman further stated that prior to Taliban coming into power across the border; there was a great optimism in Pakistan that they would not allow the banned Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to use the Afghan soil for terrorism against Pakistan.

To this, the NSA stated that on the behest of the Afghan Taliban, peace talks were held with the TTP and a month-long ceasefire was also agreed. However, after the expiry of the ceasefire agreement, the TTP resumed its militant activities, which indicate that the group is not interested in peace.

Responding to the opposition lawmakers’ reservations for not presenting the National Security Policy document in the parliament to take the house into confidence, Yusuf said that they had approached the speaker National Assembly for the purpose who stated that the parliament already has the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, having representation of all the opposition political parties.

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After that, he added that an in-camera briefing of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security was called last month for the purpose. However, the opposition boycotted the session, he added.

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